VP Binay files libel case vs. Trillanes, Mercado
The veep believes he is 'abiding by the rule of law.'
(SPOT.ph) Vice President Jejomar Binay trusts that good will triumph over evil, according to a statement he released through his media affairs head, as he filed separate libel cases against his critics, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.
“The Vice President believes in our criminal justice system and is abiding by the rule of law in order to prove that his accusers are liars and political opportunists,” Joey Salgado, Binay’s media affairs head, said in the statement.
In the libel raps he personally filed, Binay accused Trillanes and Mercado of giving false and defamatory statements against him. Trillanes is one of the leaders of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigating allegations against Binay and was the one who alleged that the City of Makati has been paying benefits to “ghost senior citizens,” while Mercado, a former ally, accused Binay of getting over P600 million in kickbacks for a deal.
Binay also said that his critics’ efforts to “politically assassinate him” are due to his consistent place as the frontrunner in the upcoming national elections.
On the other hand, Trillanes shrugged off Binay’s case against him. “He can do whatever he wants. I’ll just remain focused on exposing him and hopefully have him sent to jail,” he said in a text message to GMA News Online.